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    DefaultHead shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    I think maybe we have figured out the trigger to Tugg's head shaking seizures! He started these probably a year or so ago. When they first started we visited the vet who did lab work and an exam and ruled out any metabolic causes, poisoning, etc. We opted to not treat them since they were just involving his head, didn't last long or occur that often - we decided, with the vet's blessing that the side-effects of the medication didn't out way the risks of the seizures at that point. As time has gone on he has continued to have these off and on. I think I figured out what the cause may be! Monday both dogs got Frontline Plus, something they have been treated with since puppies (this part of Oregon is flea country). Tuesday evening Tugg had one seizure, Wednesday he had two (one that was over 2 minutes), one Thursday and a long one again early this am. Got to thinking and realized that the last series of seizures occured shortly after Frontline too.......I called our vet who agreed that Frontline may indeed be the culpruit. She has seen a few dogs that have had this reaction. We are going to switch products and see. I am tempted to not use anything actually but worry since the dogs go to Day Care a couple days a week that no treatment may be a disaster in the flea department though. I'll look for a more "natural" treatment plan too. (cross posted to Health & Nutriton).

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    DefaultRe: Head shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    Thanks for posting that information. That's the graet thing about this forum. We all learn from others experience.

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    DefaultRe: Head shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    Try Bug Off Garlic for fleas, ticks and mosquitos and is all natural. Not a replacement for heartworm prevention though.

    I would be fearful of trying any synthetic product on this dog since he had reaction to one.

    You can get BUG at www.springtimeinc.com

    My sister uses it and her dog and another were in a field playing for an hour. Her dog was clean. The other had 36 ticks.

    Sounds to me like it works.

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    DefaultRe: Head shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    Hope you've found your problem - and a possible cure!

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    DefaultRe: Head shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    Oh wow!

    There is this lady at our club who was telling me the EXACT same thing about her Schnauzer. She discovered it just how you did, too...finally linked it to happening about the time she was using the flea meds.

    She now uses garlic and brewer's yeast on his food, and swears she has not seen a flea on him. I am tempted to try this too. I will ask her more about it tonight - she heads up the Rally practice - and I'll report back!


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    DefaultRe: Head shaking seizures - think we figured it out!

    Wish I could cure my siezure problem that easily!

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